Want to give something back?

Smart Futures is looking for volunteers with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) backgrounds, to help inspire the next generation.

Thinking of signing up?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and have a background in STEM please visit our partner organisations page to register with our associated partners. If you need any assistance please get in touch with us through our ‘contact us’ page.

Smart Futures is training people with science and technology backgrounds to give career talks to students in secondary schools around Ireland.

Volunteers come from STEM companies such as Abbott, Novartis, IBM, Google and SAP etc. across the pharma chemical, medical devices, energy and technology sector, as well as from research centres and academia.

Who do you reach?

Career talks are aimed at Junior Cycle and Transition Year students, with a view to encouraging them to keep on STEM subjects, but may also be available for Senior Cycle students.

Already a volunteer?

When you have agreed a school visit, use these tips to prepare:

Read our volunteer resource document under ‘Resources’ on the right hand side of the page.
Ensure you contact the school to confirm visit time and any necessary equipment
Inform the school of any changes to the agreed visit in good time and update us at smartfutures@sfi.ie
Outline to the teacher what you plan to talk about
Prepare and personalise your PowerPoint presentation
Update yourself on information relating to PLC routes, apprenticeships and the National Qualifications Framework
See an overview of the newest STEM-related apprenticeships here (includes: MedTech, software development and manufacturing engineering)

Volunteers with science and technology backgrounds will find lots of resources on this page (right hand column of this page), while volunteers with
engineering backgrounds can also access volunteer resources with an engineering focus on STEPS.ie.

Hands-on Experiments & Activities

If you are visiting a school and want to carry out some simple hands-on experiments, see the below list for some ideas.

BUT remember to ensure you have checked with the
teacher that this is ok and only bring safe

SFI Research Centre: SSPC, Chemistry video series

Royal Society of Chemistry activities

PharmaChem Ireland Education page

Science Week experiments (second level)

Check out our Video

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